The Washington Times - June 21, 2008, 09:23PM

 

Here is some of the best stuff from the NHL Draft, including what Steve Eminger had to say about his departure. If you are looking for a good recap of what went down last night, check out http://dumpnchase.wordpress.com/. Vogs had the right idea for dealing with the bad internet, so a tip of the cap to him.

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GEORGE MCPHEE

 

ON ERIC MESTERY

He reminds us a little more of Shaone Morrisonn. He ‘s a big guy who is very fluid — a real good skater. We think he ‘s pretty good with the puck. He seemed to play real well late in the year and in the playoffs.

 

He seems to be a defender — more of a shutdown guy — but when he is under pressure he can lug the puck out of the zone. He has the skating ability to get it out.

 

ON DMITRI KUGRYSHEV

Now might be the time for teams to start taking them. There is some risk involved, but we feel the risk is less with a player like Ovechkin.

 

ON CRISTOBAL HUET

We continue to talk and we’ll see where it goes this week.

 

ON MIKE GREEN

We are trying to do the best deal that works for him and for us. We’ve got cap room and owners with money, so if somebody wants to fool around with an offer sheet, it will be matched. We put in our own offer sheet for Ovechkin.

 

ON THE DEFENSE CORPS WITHOUT EMINGER

We carried eight last year because we didn’t think the guys down below were ready to come up and play in a pinch if we had injuries. To be safe we carried eight but that is hard to do. It is hard on the coaches, it is hard on the players, so we’ll go with seven this year and maybe even six sometimes. We’ve got the players who can come up and down now. It keeps them playing and can help with the cap. As our cap [number] is going up a little bit, that is a better thing to have.

 

ON GREG BURKE

Our New England scout liked him and thinks he has a chance, so that was his recommendation.

 

ON TAKING FIVE GOALIES IN THE PAST FOUR YEARS

They sort that out for us by the way they play. When you are sitting there in the fourth round and you’ve got a goaltender that you think should have gone a lot higher, it can be a much more valuable asset than another player taken in the fourth round so you take him.

 

ROSS MAHONEY

 

We sort of had a little game plan just like you do when play a game. George and myself and the scouts do the work all year, but you have to come up with a plan going into the draft and it worked out well for us.

 

ON JOEL BRODA

He is a center and is very strong physically. He has a good shot and works very hard.

 

ON STEFAN DELLA ROVERE

He is a winger, but he is kind of along the lines of Broda — a stronger, grittier type of player.

 

ON GREG BURKE

He is probably along the same lines but maybe a little more skill in some ways. The other two are very competitive players. He is too, but he ‘s also got pretty good hands too.

 

ON BRADEN HOLTBY

He ‘s really athletic, very powerful in his legs. I’d say he is a real competitor too. He’s got a real desire. You really notice him out there.

 

ON JOHN CARLSON

He is obviously a big body. He is a big, strong young man, but he does have skill. He does have a pretty good combination of the size and strength but also the skill and the hockey sense. That ‘s obviously why he was of such high interest to us.

 

BRADEHOLTBYY 

 

ANY IDEA THE CAPS HAD INTEREST?

I had talked to them at the combine and it seemed to go well, but really I had no idea coming in here. With the Capitals, it is going to be a great situation and I am just thrilled to be drafted by them.

 

HOW DO YOU SEE YOURSELF AS A GOALIE?

I guess I pattern my style of play after Marc-Andre Fleury of the Penguins. I ‘m very agile and I like to use my footwork and what not. I think I am a pretty exciting goalie to watch. I like to play the puck a lot to help out my D-men. Hopefully I can help the Washington Capitals.

 

GROWING UP, WHO WERE THE GOALIES I WATCHED OR LIKED?

I was a huge a Patrick Roy fan. The way he competes, I want to model my mentality after him. Also Marc-Andre Fleury after I saw him in the world juniors — he has a lot of athleticism and is exciting to watch. That’s what I’d like to be as a goalie.

 

DAVE PRIOR

 

ON HOLTBY

I think I was able to breakdown about three games that I watched him on [tape]. I really liked what I saw. For me, I thought he would be selected sooner based on what I viewed. He’s one of the late birthdays so he might be a little older than some of the kids.

 

His interview we had with him was very impressive. He is a kid who knows what he is in for. He has a great attitude and work ethic. His physique is sort of a typical goaltender — very strong below the waist with powerful legs.

 

He’s real competitive and plays the game well. He’s had some coaching and seems to understand the position well.

 

STEFAN DELLA ROVERE

 

WHAT IS YOUR STYLE OF GAME?

It is a pest — a hard-nosed power forward. I’m not scared or going to back away from anybody. Hopefully one day I can bring that physical play to the lineup.

 

ANY PLAYERS YOU LIKED GROWING UP?

I use to like Todd Bertuzzi when he was with Vancouver — the hard-nosed, power forward-type of game and he wasn’t afraid to finish. I use to buy his jerseys when I was younger. I think now I like Jarome Iginla. He’s an all-around player defensively, offensively and he ‘s also not afraid to stick up for his teammates.

 

STEVE EMINGER

 

I think at this point the only sad thing for me is leaving some friends behind. I’ve made some good friends in Washington that I was really close with. The staff and coaches were all great to me and I am leaving with no hard feelings.

 

They ‘re definitely not rebuilding. They will be contending for a Cup just like it seems they are almost every year. I don’t know where I fall in with the defenseman, but I plan on getting to work this summer and showing up at camp to see where it goes.

 

I don’t know how much they liked me before, but last impressions are really big. I think I had a good series, and what better way to see me than in five straight playoff games.

 

I talked to the [general manager] Paul Holmgren yesterday. I need to make a few calls still today, like to the coach John Stevens, the training staff and the PR guys to see where I have to go and what I’ve got to do in the next few days.